Letter: Because of US gun rules it is better to be a duck

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US gun regulations make it better to be a duck

To the editor:

As I reflect on the most recent gun-related tragedy in Texas, I have decided it's better to be a duck than a human being in the United States. If I go duck hunting with my shotgun, it is mandated that I insert a wooden plug that reduces the gun shots down to three shots. Why? So the duck has a chance.

Sadly, human beings are not afforded the same chance as there is no mandated shot restriction. In fact, the assault rifles that are legally in the hands of U.S. citizens can shoot 30 rounds at a time, reloadable in a second for 30 more. Is it unreasonable to ask our government to give its citizens the same chance that is given to ducks?

Our political leaders, 225 years ago, exercised common sense when writing the Second Amendment, which is the right to bear arms. This allowed citizens to own single-shot muskets so they could hunt and protect their homes. However, they were not allowed to have Gatling guns which were the equivalent to the military machine gun back then firing 350 rounds per minute.

Fast forward to present day where citizens can own assault weapons without even having a mental background check. We seem to have lost our common sense.

We spend $610 billion on defense in this country and we are in more danger on our own streets than we are in military combat. Our own country is one of the most dangerous places to live in the world.

The good news is, the solution is simple; we need to allocate a portion of our defense budget to defend ourselves. The military spends money to buy weapons regardless so have them buy back the ones that are in the hands of U.S. citizens. After six months of buying back, anyone in possession of an assault rifle will be sentenced to 10 years in prison. After all, if they're not part of the solution, they're part of the problem.

My last thought on the laws that govern guns is regarding open carry laws. In many states, these laws make it legal to carry weapons anywhere except where politicians work. It is legal to carry a gun in schools, restaurants, churches, movie theaters, shopping malls, and parks but not in government buildings. Is there a political leader that can explain to me why their safety is more important than anyone else's?

They say, "What's good for the goose is good for the gander." I say, what's good for the duck is good for me.

Gene Auge, Pittsfield


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